6 Essential Fishing Tips for Beginners

By Shelby Kisgen

One of the most peaceful ways to become in tune with nature is to sit on the river bank and watch the flowing water. A way to enjoy water that is not only peaceful but also entertaining, and sometimes delicious, is through fishing.  Could use a few fishing tips?  Read on…


Whether at the edge of a pond, in the middle of a lake, or on a protruding rock surrounded by a rushing river, fishing is a fun challenge to occupy yourself with while camping. If you are new to fishing, try out these 6 Essential Fishing Tips for Beginners to get you started.


  1. Get a License: Fishing without a current fishing license can result in hefty fines. Also, keep the license on you whenever fishing, because a warden is not likely to believe you if you claim to have left it at home.


  1. Salt or Fresh: You need to know what type of water you are fishing. Fresh water fish require different baits and lures than saltwater fish. You are also required to get different licenses based upon the types of water you will be fishing, so plan ahead when you purchase.


  1. Know the Rules: This is vital. The fines for breaking fishing rules are extravagant. Some places only let you “catch-and-release” fish which means that you can catch the fish but you must let them back in the water immediately. Some places let you eat the fish you catch. Some let you eat fish of a certain size and weight, but the smaller ones must be returned. Game wardens do not mess around with fishing regulations. Thankfully, handy brochures are often available with park departments that tell you the fishing rules of regulated rivers and lakes for your area.


  1. Bait Matters: First, make sure the bait is legal in the place you are fishing. Some places do not allow live bait such as worms. Next, research the type of fish you are hoping to catch. Fish are attracted to shiny things, so the shinier the lure the better. They also like things that look like what they eat, so worms, real or fake, are a good option. Spinner lures are also nice because they spin as they are pulled through the water which resembles a bug skimming across the surface. Remember to cover the hook entirely if you do use a live worm.


  1. Pick Your Pole: Lots of country songs mention fishing with a cane pole. A cane pole is a rod or bamboo stick with a string and hook attached to the end. These are perfect for dropping a hook into a spot where you know the fish live. They do not cast very far but they are easy to pack. Another option is a pole with a spin-cast reel. These are great for beginners learning to cast, because a simple push of a button releases the line as you cast out into the water. Push it longer for a farther cast, push it quickly to just drop the line close by. These poles can be inexpensive or fancy, but most break down and pack well. If you want to try fly-fishing, it is best to learn from a professional, as the lines easily tangle and the casting method is more complex. You can learn from a seasoned friend or take a class. Both are fun options as an introduction to fly-fishing.


  1. Question, Question: Fishers are some of the most genial sportsman around. Remember this over all fishing tips: When in doubt, ask! Fishers are happy to let you know what bait works best for what spot and where the fish are biting. They also are happy to explain the finer techniques of casting. Make friends with the local fishing stores and trust their advice. Now go out and catch you some dinner!


5 Types of Campers: Which One Are You?

By Shelby Kisgen

Many people feel called by the great outdoors. Various personality types, ages, males and females alike enjoy camping. These people also possess widely different views on the best way to camp. Check out the following list and decide from 5 types of campers: which one are you? Regardless of whether you are a combination of types or fit perfectly with one stereotype, camping truly is for everyone.


  1. Glampers: At the top of the list are the controversial “Glampers” or slang term for glamorous campers. The Ultra Minimalists group frowns upon them for bringing so much technology into nature whereas the Glampers argue that camping should be fun, and the fancy gadgets and air beds enhance their overall experience.

white camper van parked in coastal car park

How to Spot Them: That delicious scent of steak wafting through the woods, luring in bears and thru-hikers alike? Oh that is just a Glamper firing up their 28-burger capacity grill for a casual woods cook out. Feel free to duck under the mosquito netting and join them on their patio furniture, spaciously arranged under the awning of their RV. Glampers are congenial and hygienic types, so it is usually safe to accept food from them; you might even get a tour of their place, and get pick what to watch on the Plasma Television. Glampers can also be found in fancy tents with blow up mattresses or lounging in a hot tub on the back deck of a rental cabin. For a picky group, they are impressively versatile in their lodging choices.


  1. Ultra Minimalists: “No shoes, no shirt, and no problems”, as the Kenny Chesney lyrics go: these campers would agree. They are super into hiking, and probably running ultra-marathons.

                How to Spot Them: See a lean, panther-like figure trail-running toward you? Step aside because you are witnessing a rare, often elusive sight: The Ultra Minimalist. They are not likely to frequent popular camp grounds as the people distract them from the wilderness. Do not offer them a candy bar. I repeat, do not offer them a candy bar. Unless you found a tree nut lying at the base of the forest, it is probably not natural enough for their consumption. These folks love nature and the wilderness. They protect and honor the habitats around them. They never leave a trace besides a footprint, and they do not like silly recreational litterers. In case of an emergency, they are handy to have around because they know how to fashion a tourniquet out of pine needles and read the stars to locate the trail.


  1. Drinkers: Calling all wine lovers! This type of camping is for the lady who wants to kick back and put her feet up after a long work week. The wine/alcohol pours in a never-ending stream and the gossip flows just as easily. This type of camping is similar to glamping, because the beds are soft and the sun is up long before these ladies stumble for their strong coffee.

Romantic evening. Couple campfire while camping drinking beer

How to Spot Them: If you ask to borrow a marshmallow for your own fire and the gaggle of women erupts in giggles, you have caught them. A camping staple for these ladies is Bailey’s Whiskey Soaked Marshmallows. Borrow at your own risk.


  1. Hipsters: These folks think nature is neat, and fun to Instagram while wearing plaid beanies. To them, camping is cool and a nice break from society.

How to Spot Them: See a Converse shoe print on the trail or a flower head band hanging from a tree? Tread softly; you are in Hipster territory. They are not as fancy as the Glampers nor as extreme as the Ultra Minimalists. They are trendy and the latest new hiking or photography gadgets. Their outfits will be perfectly coordinated with each other and possibly with nature. Flowers and lace on everything. They will look effortlessly beautiful despite the layer of dirt from frolicking in the meadows.


  1. Backyardies: These people are downright fun! They know that camping is what you make it, so a night under the stars in the backyard can be just as fun as driving 100 miles to a different spot. Candle-roasted marshmallows, running inside for potty breaks, back yard campers dip their toes in the water of camping, but rarely submerge their heads. We hope someday they take the plunge, but until then, these are fond memories too.

How to Spot Them: Please refrain. That is just creepy; they are in their backyard!


So, which kind of camper are you? Or are you a mixture of all of them? Thankfully, however you answered those two questions is irrelevant as to whether or not camping is for you. Camping is enjoyable for all types of people, of all ages, of all styles and preferences. Pick your fit, and do not be afraid to dabble in other styles as well. You might just surprise yourself with liking something new.

Here is a video of a lady camper with her view on 5 types of campers: